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The Gables


21A Viljeon Street Middelburg Mpumalanga 1050 South Africa

The oldest existing house in Middelburg

In 1891 Mr. Jacobus Johannes Louw bought the farm Springboklaagte, as well as the property now known as 21A Viljoen street. He wanted to build his dream house here. The house was only finished in 1896. He wanted to build a unique house to meet his requirement of a big family of 12 children, himself and his spouse.

The Gables "before"

Mr. Louw never went overseas to see Victorian or colonial styles, so he had to make use of a well known local designer. During the Boer-war, Mr. Louw was sent to India as a prisoner of war, and during his absence, the British invaded Middelburg. The house was occupied by British troops and was used as a hospital. It was later also used for military purposes as officersmess, and to serve as annex for the house of General Jan Smuts, on the property next door, which was bought in 1907. This was in force until General Jan Smuts moved to Doringlaagte, now known as Irene. T

Mr. and Mrs. Louw

The next owner was Mr. and Mrs. le Roux who sold to Mr. and Mrs. Hammond. The current and the 5th owner of "The Gables", is Mrs. Heleen Gouws a qualified interior designer in Middelburg. In 1988 Mr. Hammond subdivided the premises and sold it, which let that the stables and wagon house on the northern side, and the small living quarters known as the cottage on the southern side fall into the sold part.

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The Gables "today"

History of Middelburg

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Middelburg, formerly known as Nasareth, was established on the farm Sterkfontein in 1866. Originally a church town, the name was changed in 1872 to Middelburg to mark its position midway between the two towns, Pretoria and Lydenburg. Across the ridge on the north-western side towards Botshabelo, the township of Mhluzi developed simultaneously and became part of the Greater Middelburg in 1994. The town today has outgrown all expectations to become a large farming and industrial centre, with a growth rate equal to the best in the country. We would like to invite visitors to come and experience the nature, wild life, arts and craft, adventure and leisure activities and the rich cultural heritage of the Ndebele people in our area. Historical Route - page 2..


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Historical Route Middelburg

A1 . ENGLISH BRIDGE This bridge was built by the British to get to their garrison. The bridge is still in a good condition. B2. OLD CEMENTARY AND BLOCKHOUSE Here you will find a blockhouse that is in a fairly good condition. Also notice the two graves of Henry Slegtkamp and Jack Hindon. These two guerilla fighters were key roll players during the Boer war. C3. NATIONAL MONUMENT This monument was erected after the war to commemorate those that fought and died during the Anglo Boer War. D4. CONCENTRATION CAMP CEMETERY This graveyard came to being when the concentration camp moved there. 922 children died in the Middelburg area during 1899-1901. In the Boer woman's diaries they write of the black concentration camps. Notice the pile of rocks lying north of the graves. That is a black cemetery and is known to be the only black graveyard in South Africa that is within walking distance from a white one. There are only three known black cemeteries in South Africa. E5. OLD CANON BLOCKHOUSE When driving +/- 1km on the Stoffberg road, you will see a beacon on the left-hand side of the road. Notice that the beacon is situated on top of an old blockhouse that has been filled with rocks. Legend has it that a canon was inside it and "watched" over the town. F6. THE "EYE" This vanished structure use to be a light tower, used to look over the camps. The children, who played around there, called the structure The Big Eye. G7. MEIJERSBRIDGE (1896) This historical bridge used to be the only crossing over the little Olifants River. Cattle auctions normally took place here. From the bridge the road split into two, one towards Groblersdal and one towards Belfast. H8. NATIONAL MONUMENT This monument was erected after the war to commemorate the residents from this region, which fought and died during the Anglo Boer War. I9. THE OLD CHURCH Directly after the war, women decided to erect a church in memory of the women and children who were held in concentration camps. This building was used in the earlier days as a hospital. The church is now being maintained by the Technical High School and is still being used for services by the school. J10. DRIFT If you look very carefully on the corner of Luttig and Vos streets, you will see that the park has a distinctive drift running through it. This is the path where the woman walked from the station to the concentration camp. K11. NEW CEMETARY When you go to the old part of the cemetery, you will notice that there are many graves of children, women and old men who died during the war. The reason for this being that there was a concentration camp right next to the cemetery. Also notice the amount of people who died in various concentration camps nationwide listed on a monument nearby. L12. CANAL Driving along Robertson Street you have to look very carefully to notice the canal running along the road. This canal was used to get water form Rietfontein to Kruger Dam. This was efficient to supply the town with water up until 1967. M13. ENGLISH BRIDGE As you enter the Middelburg Country Club you will drive over a very old bridge. If one looks closely one notice that this bridge looks much the same as our first stop. The reason for this is that it was build at the same time as the first one, by the same people. The only difference is that this one has two arches, instead of only one. N14. TREE LANE On the corner of McDonald Street and Hospital Street is a park. If you look at the trees it is fairly obvious that they are over 100 years old. Notice that the trees are situated in a fairly strait line. This was the lane, which led to the English Garrison. It is uncertain what the purpose of the two structures nearby was. O15. WHITE CHURCH Proclaimed a historical monument, this is a true landmark of Middelburg due to its size and architectural design. British soldiers used it during the second Anglo Boer War, which explains why it did not get damaged like so many other churches during that time. P16. OLD MIDDELBURG RAILWAY STATION (1890) On 17 May 1884 Paul Kruger and portugal entered into an agreement to develop a railway line between Pretoria and Delgoa Bay (now Maputo). Although the station was in use since 1890, it was only completed in 1894. Q17. BOTSHABELO HISTORICAL VILLAGE (Place of shelter) The Botshabelo museum Typical 19th Century self-sustaining mission village. On 21 January 1865 Alexander Merensky and Heinrich Grutzner two missionaries from Berlin Mission Society bought a farm approximately 12km north of Middelburg for the sum of 500 Prussian talers (R150). The village originally had two schools, a training center, and numerous missionary houses, trade centers, a blacksmith's shop and a printing shop where Bibles were first published in Sotho. Botshabelo was largely self-sufficient, expanded rapidly and in 1873 there were 1315 inhabitants. Church and Parsonage The old Church (1865) and the second church (1868-1873) When the smaller pioneer style church was no longer adequate, a bigger church was built in 1868. A total of 300 00 bricks were made locally and the church was completed in March 1868. The church was later extended into a cross formation which can still be seen. On completion the church was opened in October 1871. A brick house was erected next to the church as a parsonage. Fort Merensky This restored fort with a commanding view of the whole area, protected the mission station for free quarters of the century and its dominating presence deterred invaders. Along the Fort's ridge are many ruins of old houses once occupied by pioneers and guards at Botshabelo. The fort was a unique blend of Western and Sotho architecture. Ndebele Open Air Museum The South Ndeblele Open-Air Museum at Botshabelo depicts the cultural characteristics and features of the Ndebele and includes traditional activities such as beadwork, their richly coloured clothing and painted huts, can still be seen here in practice.

Mark St

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Middelburg Town

WHERE TO EAT / DRINK Amazons Restaurant Spur (Midwater Sentrum) Ginelli's Pizzeria & Espresso Bar (Wes Street, Behind Pick `n Pay centre) Ball & All Sports Bar (Kerk Street, Next to Flame) Dros (Kerk Street) WHAT TO DO Erlank Gallery (Kerk Street) De Oudewerf (Jan van Riebeeck Street, opp. McDonalds) Amora Bird Park & Tea Garden (133 Jan van Riebeeck Street) WHAT TO DO (Around Middelburg) Botshableo Historical Village (See Middelburg Country Map, Page4) Aventura Laskop Dam (See Middelburg Country Map, Page4) The Ridge Casino (See Middelburg Country Map, Page4) Little Elaphant Arts & Craft Market (Jan van Riebeeck Street, at Midway Inn) (Voortrekker Street, Mascot Centre) Ma-Bett's Crafters Market (12 Joubert Street) Middelburg Golf Course (Eufees Road) Middelburg Golf Shop & Driving Range (Eufees Road) Buffalo Gorge Horse Safari's (See Middelburg Country Map, Page4) Rocky's 4X4 (See Middelburg Country Map, Page4) Olifants River Lodge (See Middelburg Country Map, Page4) TOURISM Middelburg Information Centre (Kerk Street, next to Dros) Halala Ma-Africa Tour Operators (SADC Street) (Jan van Riebeeck Street, Behind McDonalds) Mascot Cine

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Middelburg Country Map

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The Gables Guest House

The Gables Guest House is situated in the middle of the Cultural Heartland of South Africa in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. Less than 200km from Pretoria and Nelspruit and 150km from Johannesburg International Airport - on route to the Kruger National Park. The Gables is centrally situated, thus making it easy to get around. Transport for groups can be arranged. The Gables Guest House offer a choice of individually decorated and well-appointed en-suite rooms, with shower facilities, TV (with MNet & DSTV) and coffee/tea making facilities. Two of our rooms also consist of a lounge, kitchen, bathroom and are fully equipt for the self-caterer. Breakfast and dinners are served in the dining room, on the patio or in the garden on request, when weather permits. Continental and full breakfast daily. Dinners available on request. Breakfast: 06h30 - 08h00 Dinner: 18h00 -19h00 This dining room have become a sought after venue for small functions and business meals. Thank you, please come again...



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